What do WW1 soldiers and the Royal School of Needlework have in common?

Six years ago as I was searching for needlepoint related books, I came across a couple of very old English magazine called Weldon’s Tapestry. In one there was mention of the World War 1 Soldiers Embroidery Industry, which taught disabled soldiers to do needlepoint and other embroidery as part of their rehabilitation. I was fascinated […]

The Studio Stitches Flash Sale for February

Your reward Many of you who visit the Studio Stitches website will know that I heavily discount one kit every month in the Flash Sale. This allows you to stock up on favourite Studio Stitches #needlepoint kits at a fabulous price but at the end of the month the kit goes back to its regular […]

Buy less, buy better

My family and I have spent the last two Christmases in the magical town of HoiAn in central VietNam. We agreed not to buy presents and Christmas lunch was a roast pork baguette with a cold beer in our favourite cafe. It was heaven! We have tried to replicate the layback, no fuss feelings of […]

The healing thread

This beautiful book is set in an English cathedral town in the years just after the First World War. It centres around Violet and a group of women who have volunteered to stitch hundreds of kneelers and cushions for the cathedral. One thread in the book is the idea that stitching can help heal in […]

Needlepoint old and new

# SALA 2019 August in Adelaide means SALA!! The festival of South Australia Living Artists. And that means artists and crafts people are exhibiting their work in galleries, studios and all kinds of sometimes unlikely places in their local community. Today I caught the tram to Glenelg to visit a cleverly named show called #Sight […]

It’s all about Mothers in May

Did you know the tradition of giving gifts on the second Sunday in May began here in Australia in 1924? Mrs Janet Heyden began visiting patients at the Newington Home for Women in Sydney and was struck by the number of lonely women at the home. Mrs Heyden was so moved by these women she […]

April Autumn Flash Sale

It’s Autumn here in Adelaide.  Leaves are falling, the days are getting shorter, nights are cooler and it’s perfect weather for stitching. When it came time to choose a feature design for this months flash sale, there was only one choice, it could only be the beautiful Autumn cushions. This design was inspired by the […]

February flash sale

As a special reward to my loyal customers, I am offering a super duper special discount on a feature design every month. After the month is up, the kit will go back to the normal retail price, so be quick! The first flash sale features the Doris Handbag kit. The normal price for Doris is […]

Textile trails and tales

Textile travels When you have an interest in textiles and you’re lucky enough to travel, combining the two is the very best of holidays. The joy of finding the fabric shop, embroidery supplies, yarns, and learning about local textile traditions and history is an important part of my holiday wherever I go, near or far.  Sometimes […]

Tailored tapestry treasures

I’m sure many of you have shared my urge to rescue those discarded needlepoint canvases at the back of the charity shop. All that work and only $10?! But the question is always, what do I do with them once I get them home?           Jenny Ramos  has turned her eccentric finds  […]